Precious diopside has only recently become popular. Although the mineral has existed for millions of years, it was only discovered and described during the 19th century. Even so, it was not normally used in jewelry until about the 1980s, when it became popular in Europe. Diopside earned Russian class one export status in 1988, joining diamonds, alexandrite, and emeralds. But what if you have diopside jewelry that you’ve inherited or been given that doesn’t suit your style? You need to make sure that you do everything you can to sell diopside jewelry at the best price.
Here at Worthy, we help people sell their unwanted diamond jewelry for the best possible price. What we’ve learned about selling diamonds can help you when you are selling diopside as well. Here is an FAQ with the answers to all your questions about selling chrome diopside.
What is Diopside?
Diopside is a variably colored monoclinic pyroxene mineral that scores a 6 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Formed in certain types of igneous rock structures, these beautiful gems are sometimes found in metamorphic rocks as well. Though diopside is a common mineral, gemstone quality examples are rare – in fact, only two types of diopside are considered precious gems: the chrome diopside and black star diopside. A third type of diopside is violane, which ranges from blue to violet in color.
Although diopside – particularly chrome diopside – is often nicknamed “Russian Emerald” these gems are nothing like emeralds. While many examples exhibit various shades of green, it is possible to find diopside in brown, grey, white, and colorless, along with other previously mentioned examples.
What Factors Can Affect the Value of Diopside?
Numerous factors affect diopside value, including rarity, clarity, color, cut, and size. Size and cut greatly affect the value of diopside; cheap, shoddily cut pieces are of lower value than carefully cut ones, and large pieces that exhibit good clarity are even more valuable. Large cabochons are highly prized, particularly if they have well-cut facets with shallow angles that show the stone’s beauty.
The market standard for diopside clarity is eye-clean gemstones, but this is subjective, particularly as some diopside varieties such as cat’s eye diopside have inclusions formed of rutile needles that give the gem a desirable chatoyancy or cat’s eye effect. Black star diopside has two distinct rays – a trait called asterism – that are most visible in a single, direct beam of light. In examples like these, symmetry and an attractive shape are key. In black star diopside, the rays should appear straight and should be of equal distance from one another.
The richer the color, the more valuable your diopside is likely to be, although very large examples are sometimes less vivid than smaller stones. That being said, imitation diopside is common. For this reason, it is vital that you buy and sell diopside with the help of an experienced appraiser such as the experts that partner with Worthy.
What Types of Jewelry is Diopside Typically Found In?
Because diopside is fairly soft and scratches easily, the largest examples are often found in jewelry that has little or no contact with hard surfaces that could cause damage – necklaces and pendants are common, as are earrings. Smaller pieces of diopside are well suited for items such as rings, bracelets, shirt studs, and cufflinks. If you think you may want to sell diopside jewelry, be sure to handle it with great care to prevent damage that could reduce the gemstone’s value.
Why Sell Diopside?
- You can transform unwanted or unused diopside into cash
- It is easy and potentially lucrative to sell diopside
- The market for high-quality precious diopside is strong
At Worthy, our expert appraisals, descriptions, and photography set the standard for reselling diamonds and jewelry. On our innovative live online auction platform, our network of thousands of professional buyers around the world compete to buy your diamonds and jewelry at the highest price. Because we receive a small percentage of the sales price, we are on your side: we profit only when you do too, unlike jewelry buyers who try to acquire your item for the lowest possible price so they can profit more. Although Worthy is not currently selling diopside, you can subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when we begin selling gemstones online.